Hard work helps hospice pull through

2010-05-12 00:00

THE staff and board of Howick Hospice have worked hard to resuscitate the organisation after the financial slump it experienced last year.

In February 2009, The Witness reported on retrenchments and frozen contracts that occurred at the hospice when funds ran dry.

Howick Hospice manager Clare Wylie said tough measures were implemented to get the organisation back on its feet.

“We are getting by, by keeping things lean and mean,” she said.

Wylie said that seeing the team reduced from 42 to 25 was particularly difficult. “But these are tough times, and we had to do what is necessary,” she said.

Head of finance Lesley Peiser said the community had played an integral role in stabilising the hospice.

“Thanks to the community, we are doing much better. It has been those small consistent donations which have made an impact,” she said.

While the hospice’s situation appears to be improved, Wylie said it is not out of the woods yet. “As a non-profit organisation, you are never truly out of the woods,

“We are not a business and so we rely on the goodwill of the community to keep us running.”

In addition to financial contributions, the hospice relies on volunteers to give time and expertise to the organisation.

According to Wylie, the financial trial gave the current staff perspective.

“The staff went through a huge dip — a very difficult time, and now we know where we are going,” she said.

The Howick Hospice will host a Fair and Food Festival on May 29 at 9 am.

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